The New Sheiks featuring Heather Stewart, PLUS Geoff Bull and The Finer Cuts: a double bill like you never heard before

AT 3 O’CLOCK in the afternoon on Sunday 16 December, The Flying Saucer Club will present a jazz double bill which will blow your mind!

Winners of the 2011 Bell Award for ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album’, Leigh Barker’s New Sheiks are widely recognised as one of the most engaging and entertaining groups currently performing in the Australian jazz scene.  After a massive 12 months performing at venues around the country, the band is putting on one final very special show to round off the year.

With award winning vocalist and violinist Heather Stewart, the horn section of Eamon McNelis and Don Stewart, Stephen Grant on the piano, Leigh on the bass, and Sam Young on the drums, the New Sheiks play with a spontaneity and breadth of repertoire rarely matched in contemporary jazz.

And as if that weren’t enough, they will be joined for the afternoon by the hottest new group to come out of Sydney – Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts.

Led by veteran trumpeter Bull, this group of young upstarts brings incredible new energy and fire to the traditional jazz repertoire.  With Justin Fermino on reeds, Grant Arthur on trombone, Ben Panucci on guitar, Sam Dobson on bass and prodigal pianist Harry Sutherland, they are ready willing and able to fill the dance floor at the drop of a hat.

This very special and very rare double bill is a chance to hear some of the finest young musicians in Australia, and dance off both your shoes (space permitting) on a beautiful December afternoon at the Flying Saucer Club at the Caulfield RSL, 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick.

Tickets are $29 (plus 30c booking fee) for reserved seats, $22 (plus 30c booking fee) for general admission (standing room, no allocated seats), or $25 at the door. 9528 3600. Website:

Doors open from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Music starts 3.30pm

I suggest you book early and for a reserved seat as there’s bound to be a great crush of folks rushing to hear these two great bands.

Here Geoff Bull and The Finer Cuts play and sing “True” – one of my favourite tunes performed beautifully – during a recording session for their first CD.

The New Sheiks have a new CD out with the title, “The Sales Tax”, but believe me it’s much more beguiling than the title would suggest! Here is a brief clip of the band playing and Heather Stewart singing “Lazy Lazy River” from this CD.

Visit the websites of these two great bands to keep up to date on their doings:
The New Sheiks
Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts

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